Jasper Williams of Centerville, SD Stands Up for Wildlife, National Parks

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Trapping practices near Denali National Park have disrupted an important wolf pack’s breeding potential. Jasper Williams of Centerville, SD encourages individuals to support the wildlife that makes such parks so special.

Los Angeles Times reports that the Grant Creek wolf pack in the Denali National Park has been uprooted, possibly due to the loss of the group’s two main breeding females earlier this year. While one perished from natural causes, the other was killed by a trapper. The lack of offspring in the pack’s current ranks may have been the catalyst for the pack moving away from its den. Jasper Williams of Centerville, SD asserts that this is a prime example of why humans should not become involved in the wildlife of national parks, as they can harm the animal population and, ultimately, the entire ecosystem.

According to the article, the Grant Creek pack did not raise any surviving pups over the course of the last mating cycle: “Bridget Borg, a biologist at the park, said the 15-member pack split up and the chief monitored group is down to just five or six wolves. After not producing any surviving pups, she said, they abandoned the den that put the pack in viewing range.”

Because one of the females of the pack was killed by a trapper, activists have called for stricter hunting and trapping regulations. Valerie Conner, who is the Conservation Director for the Alaska Center for the Environment, remarks: “To me, and I know probably 400,000 other people who visit Denali, these wolves are way more valuable alive than dead. I don’t know what they get for a wolf pelt, but it’s not that much.”

Williams agrees that the wolves are an invaluable part of the natural world, and that their role in the local ecosystem is vital.

“One of the greatest draws to a national park is to witness nature in an unadulterated manner,” comments Jasper Williams of Centerville, SD. “While the overall wolf population of Denali may not be in peril, the natural pattern of the wolf has been disrupted in part by man—a clear violation of the National Park Service Organic Act’s intent. Wolves are natural predators and disrupting even just one pack can alter the ecosystem in that area substantially.”

Williams hopes that the petition is passed and that stricter hunting and trapping regulations are granted.


Jasper Williams of Centerville, SD is the father of two children, both of who have autism. A strong supporter of autism awareness organizations and efforts to treat the symptoms of the condition, he strives to improve the understanding of autism throughout his community. Jasper Williams of Centerville, SD is also an enthusiastic home chef who loves cooking meals for his family and enjoying the culinary traditions of the south. Additionally, Jasper Williams of Centerville, SD is an advocate for the National Park Service and the work that it does in protecting and preserving the natural, cultural, and historical treasures of the nation.

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